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Keeping Pace with the Speed of Digital

Blog: Appian Insight

As the digital world goes faster and faster, how can you keep pace?

Inspiration is where you find it.

In the case of this low-code blog post, it blazed along in the sprints of Usain Bolt, the fastest man on the planet.

A few short weeks ago in Rio, Bolt breezed to gold medals in the 100m, 200m, and 4x100m sprints. Bolt transformed the sprint game with effortless speed.

The same is true of digital transformation, which has transformed the enterprise app development process. With the latest digital low-code app-building platforms, you can build and deploy apps faster than ever before. Low-code platforms are like jet fuel for your back-office processes and workflows. On top of that, these high-octane platforms are so user-friendly, they allow non-tech business users to quickly turn new ideas into innovation…in the form of working business apps.

Here’s why this kind of digital speed matters. In the hyper-connected digital economy, consumer expectations are rising faster than ever. Your customers and constituents want faster response times, more personalization, more control of the customer experience. If these expectations aren’t met, don’t be fooled…they’ll defect at the drop of a hat. Over half will abandon their online purchases if they can’t find quick answers to their questions, according to Forrester.

If you want to keep pace with customer expectations, conventional app-building platforms just won’t cut it. Nope, you’re much better off with a low-code solution like the Appian Platform. Here’s what reviewers at PC Magazine had to say about it:

“…Appian was the most mature, easiest to use low-code platform we tested for creating…

In its review of Appian, PC Magazine described the combination of Appian Quick Apps and the full-fledged Appian Designer as “…a potent duo in creating an app quickly and then layering customization and added features on top.”

In a face-off with other popular platforms, the PC Magazine noted that Quick Apps is user-friendly, primarily form-based, and the full Designer lets you map out all the data and objects in the app with the drag-and-drop Appian Process Modeler. You can also customize apps with dynamic rules, automated decisioning, and system integrations for more complex use cases.

It’s also worth noting what Gartner had to say about the speed and intuitive design of the Appian Platform in its latest Magic Quadrant report:

“…Appian’s differentiation comes from its social centricity, allowing rapid innovation and discovery, as well as ad hoc and improvisational collaboration between customers, workers, partners and suppliers. …Appian customer references indicated a higher degree of satisfaction with the Appian platform, compared with other vendors surveyed. This finding underscores Appian’s reputation as a very business-user-friendly iBPMS. …Appian customer references reported a median-time-to-production implementation of less than three months, the lowest of any vendor surveyed…”

“We’ve always had a focus on generating  this kind of low-code, easy-to-design environment that’s still powerful enough to meet the demand of enterprises,” said Malcolm Ross, Vice President of Product Marketing at Appian. “Quick Apps is an acceleration of that. It’s designed to allow a business user with no IT skills whatsoever to walk through a simple four-step design wizard to define the processes, interfaces, and data structures of an app, and who they want to work with for loosely structured collaboration, with ad hoc processes and tasks.”

That’s the magic of Appian. It offers faster mode of app building that allows you to create fully functioning web or mobile apps, without typing a single line of code.

Usain Bolt worked his magic In the 100 meter Olympic finals, breezing past competitors with enough room to spare that he was able to give the timing clock a glance, as he zoomed through the finish line.
The question is, does your app building platform offer this kind of effortless speed to keep pace with the fast rising expectations of your digital customers?

Roland Alston

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